Photo Credit to The Minty
Last Monday was a dinner that included some of my favorites in the LA food blogging and, more importantly, food photography worlds. The usual suspects of Minty and I were there while Josie was missing; also present was The Delicious who runs the greatest food porn site (TasteSpotting), DJJewelz, and LAEasyMeals. The plan was food at Cube and then drinks at Tar Pit. I had been to Cube only once before but I absolutely loved it. I was having a first date with a guy that suggested we do a dessert date. I was so impressed he thought of this until I realized that it said I love dessert dates on my Facebook page. The funniest thing about this night was even though it was supposed to be dessert I asked if I could order mac n’ cheese and the whole time our male waiter was flirting with my date. I was like, “Excuse me, I want to order too.” It was hilarious and I was very eager to return. On Monday, I was running late and when I arrived the group was in the back room. It was kind of romantic and Mafia-esque at the same time, great combination. I was probably a half an hour late and it was perfect in food blogging time. The first two dishes were ordered but the dishes were too busy being photographed not a bite was taken and the wine was already open and poured. I love my peeps! We had a nice cheese plate and brussel sprout salad for starters.
We then ordered some dishes for the table. We got the braised baby octopus, maple braised bacon, and I suggested the house gnocchi with english peas (this resembled matzoh balls to me). As if this wasn’t enough, we also ordered fresh maltagliati with braised oxtail ragu.
I am exhausted of uploading pictures and I am not even on to main courses. Also, I would complain about the lighting in the room but everyone else managed to take way better pictures than me. DJJewelz even has the exact same camera as me but his pics are like a bazillion times better. I had some major photography envy that night. Thankfully, I had a million of plates to ease my pain. I don’t love bacon; I do, however, like a thick pork belly and well this bacon was kind of amazing. It is a must order. For main courses, I had the pan-seared diver scallops with creamy lemon risotto and, yes, more english peas. What can I say? I love when peas pop in my mouth. This was a total Carina dish; I love when food completely matches my ideal flavor profile. The Delicious always lets other people order for her, which I love to do, but maybe we shouldn’t have gotten her the biggest dish. She got the balsamic glazed skirt steak. DJJewelz seems like he is a burger man. I have been to the Lazy Ox with him twice and both times he gets the burger. At Cube he indulged once more in the American classic dressed up with shallots, truffles, and a bun made of brioche. LAEasyMeals is a runner with a ton of health conscious recipes and she had the stuffed branzino, easily the healthiest thing on the menu. Minty is a girl after my heart and palate. I laugh because we always seem to enjoy what the other person orders. On her post she said my scallops were her second favorite dish and I may have to agree. Minty won the ordering in both of our opinions with the venison meatloaf. It was comfort food at its best.
Everything was spectacular, not a dud dish in the group. In fact, I think I am ready to declare something right now. If any of you work in music or movies then you are probably constantly asked what your favorite song or movie is. I am constantly asked what my favorite restaurant is. My favorite restaurant ever is Boiling Crab in Alhambra, followed by Church & State, and now I think Cube may be my new #3, if not #2. I really loved my meal. Plus, they always have the best tweets. After this decadent meal we strolled next door to the new lounge called Tar Pit, a place I had never been to before. I liked the retro decor and they had some tasty cocktails and small bites. I ordered the Lemon Thyme Daiquiri and later the Juniperitivo. The latter even had my enemy gin or as Delicious calls it, “The devil’s drink”, and I still drank it. We also ordered the fried oysters, as if we didn’t eat enough. Minty and I ordered dessert; I got the apple tart and she ordered the bananas fosters parfait. Once again, I liked Minty’s ordering so much that I ate 70% of her dessert. I love tarts but I don’t love crust and this tart was placed in a beautiful basket made of crust. In fact, in college my best friend, Risa, once had an epiphany when we were at a Vegas buffet. We were both eating tarts and she was only eating the crusts of hers and I was only eating the fillings. She was from Tokyo and she exclaimed, “I think this a representation of us. I only care about the outside, like if the man is beautiful. And you only care about the inside, like if he is a good writer.” Perhaps it was true. The inside of the banana parfait was deliciousness: roasted banana ice cream, rum caramel, candied pecans, and toasted marshmallows.
Forget Pinks Hot Dogs (also at the Melrose and LA Brea intersection) and head a little more south for great food and drinks. This was a fun night and I must say that I love dining with bloggers. You have to wait for everyone’s camera to flash on your food before you can bite into it and it seems perfectly normal that Delicious is running to other tables to steal candles for back-light. Yes, we also refer to one another by our Twitter names and have to wait until the group virtually “checks in” and tweets where we are before we can look at a menu. We are a group of wonderful weirdos that love to eat, drink, and be merry!Cube 615 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323) 939-1148 www.cubemarketplace.com
The Tar Pit609 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036